European Union interior ministers are meeting in Luxembourg today to discuss how to deal with migrants arriving across the Mediterranean Sea. Countries including Germany, France, Italy and Malta have already agreed to accept a share of migrants rescued at sea. Now they want other EU states to join in a new voluntary resettlement scheme.
According to EU law, asylum seekers must register and stay in the country where they first land. That’s put enormous pressure on Mediterranean states. So far this year, Spain has received more than 20-thousand migrants and Italy almost 8-thousand. And Greece over 40-thousand. Migrant arrivals are down by about 30 percent this year. But when boats arrive, Europe often struggles to respond.
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